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TOP 10 EARLY SPRING GARDEN PLANNING TIPS FROM WHITE FLOWER FARM
(1) Look at the key features and overall outlines of your garden, and think about new planting areas, pathways, or specimen trees or shrubs that could enhance it.
(2) Peruse garden catalogues, magazines, and books for ideas and inspiration. Also visit gardens and parks -- take along a camera.
(3) Order your favorite new varieties and specimen plants. Also, order vegetable starts and seeds for your kitchen garden.
(4) Plan your patio garden by considering new plant combinations or veggies. Buy decorative pottery, fertilizer and other supplies now to save time in spring.
(5) Review your garden tools -- this is the time to clean and sharpen them. Replace worn out gloves and get a garden tote bag to keep items organized and handy.
(6) Purchase tuberous Begonias for March planting. We're partial to the world-famous Blackmore and Langdon varieties from England and the fragrant
Scentiment(r) series from California.
(7) Start a garden journal with notes and photos as your garden progresses through each season. Be sure to label the photos for easy planning next winter.
(8) Shop for new garden structures such as trellises, pergolas, and benches.
(9) Look for pre-planned garden designs that fit your sun and shade areas.
(10) Learn from other people's gardens -- if you like a particular spring-blooming bulb or plant, ask about it. It may grow well for you, too.
Barb Pierson, the nursery manager at White Flower Farm, is available for interviews upon request, as are other experts. Please contact: Deborah Broide,
Deborah Broide Publicity,
White Flower Farm is a family-owned nursery located in northwest Connecticut. Since 1950, they have been gathering, evaluating, growing, and selling a wide range of annuals, perennials, shrubs, vines, bulbs, and houseplants representing the very best varieties from around the world. Plants shipped are true to name, free of disease, and in prime condition for growing. While in the area, stop by White Flower Farm with its five acres of display gardens, or visit www.whiteflowerfarm.com, where you will also find helpful gardening information including how-to videos. White Flower Farm -- we make your garden grow.